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Pinocchio (2002)

Pinocchio (2002)




Critic Consensus: Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of Pinocchio, and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.

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A remake of the classic children's tale which centers on a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. Despite guidance from the beautiful Blue Fairy and the love of his father, Gepetto, Pinocchio's curious spirit leads him into one wild adventure after another.more
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2003
Box Office: $3.6M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Roberto Benigni
as Pinocchio
Glenn Close
as The Blue Fairy [U.S...
Topher Grace
as Lucignolo [U.S. Ver...
David Suchet
as Geppetto [U.S. Vers...
Peppe Barra
as The Talking Cricket
Lando Buzzanca
as Mangiafuoco
Bruno Arena
as The Fox
Eddie Griffin
as The Cat [U.S. Versi...
Kevin James
as The Fire Eater [U.S....
Franco Javarone
as Fire Eater
Queen Latifah
as The Dove [U.S. Vers...
Cheech Marin
as The Fox [U.S. Versi...
Luis Molteni
as Butter Man
Corrado Pani
as The Judge
Vincenzo Cerami
as Man with the Mustach...
Giorgio Ariani
as Host of the Red Crow...
Tommaso Bianco
as Pulcinella
Breckin Meyer
as Pinocchio [U.S. Ver...
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Critic Reviews for Pinocchio

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

What remains is a variant of the nincompoop Benigni persona, here a more annoying, though less angry version of the irresponsible Sandlerian manchild, undercut by the voice of the star of Road Trip.

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

I can't say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies.

January 3, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Instead of hiding Pinocchio from critics, Miramax should have hidden it from everyone.

January 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

An epic turkey, in a league with this year's Swept Away, that must be seen to be believed.

January 3, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pinocchio

Criative, strong and the best Pinocchio film that I ver saw.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Gosh, what a piece of pretentious guffaw-inducing celluloid. Benigni doesn't fit the Pinocchio role well. He's not cute or funny - he's a bit of a buffoon. There's no magic here; move along!

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

This is not the Disney movie, but rather the 2002 Italian version made by Roberto Benigni. This was savaged in its initial run because of the daft decision to release it in a dubbed version that didn?t even have Benigni doing the voice over. I watched the subtitled version, but this really is still a pretty flawed movie without the dubbing. To the movie?s credit, the production design is quite good and as a whole this is a good visual movie. The story is meant to be a lot closer to the original book, which means there are a lot of, shall we say eccentric, bits of fairy tale silliness throughout. There was something good to be salvaged here but what scuttles the movie is the decision to cast Benigni, a fifty year old man, in the title role; there?s just something creepy about that. It also doesn?t help the Benigni does nothing to make it look like he?s made of wood.


Super Reviewer

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